A booking photo of suspect Francis Pusok at an unknown location in California.(Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department/EPA)SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The attorney for a Southern California man who was beaten by various sheriff’s deputies following a 2½ hour-long chase involving a stolen horse said Saturday that his
about client here">client is undertaking fairly effectively while receiving medical attention in jail.Francis Pusok’s violent arrest, which was filmed by a Television news helicopter, has led to an FBI civil rights investigation and ten deputies being placed in leave pending an internal probe.San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon stated the video “disturbed and troubled” him and appeared to show an excessive use of force.Pusok, 30, fled by auto and then on the horse in the desert on Thursday although deputies chased him on foot right after attempting to serve a search warrant in an identity-theft investigation.The video shows Pusok, dressed in bright red clothes, falling from the horse as a deputy ran up and fired a Taser, which officials said was ineffective.USA Now10 Calif. deputies put on leave just after suspects beatingIt shows Pusok face down with his legs outstretched and hands behind his back as a deputy threw punches and kicks, although a further kicked him in the crotch. Other deputies arrived moments later.Pusok’s lawyer, Jim Terrell wouldn’t say why his client fled, but he told the San Bernardino Sun it was the wrong thing to do.Pusok has a slew of automobile code violations and pleaded no contest to many criminal charges, such as various situations of resisting arrest, attempted robbery, animal cruelty and fighting or offensive words, according to San Bernardino County Superior Court records.McMahon said deputies had previously been named to a residence exactly where Pusok allegedly made threats to kill a deputy and fatally shot a loved ones puppy in front of his family members.Terrell stated his client’s criminal history isn’t relevant to this case.Pusok is being held on suspicion of felony evading, theft of a horse and possession of stolen property.The beating is the most current in a string of recent videotaped incidents involving police officers applying extreme force on suspects, which includes the shooting death of an unarmed man as he ran from a police officer final weekend in North Charleston, South Carolina.Copyright 2015 The Linked Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.